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Regulation & Safety

In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

Will growth of wet wipes market be hampered by mounting evidence of pollution?

26-Mar-2015 - A new report indicates that the global wet wipes market is set for significant growth, but mounting evidence that the material causes pollution may cause consumers to think twice about...

Special newsletter - Men's grooming

How to keep male grooming products on the right side of the law

25-Mar-2015 - We talk to an expert about regulation in the male grooming category, throwing light on some of the specific challenges that anti-aging, hair loss and shaving products present in the...

Guthy-Renker facing lawsuit following hair loss complaints

23-Mar-2015 - Dallas-based firm Christiansen Davis has filed suit in a California federal court after multiple women claimed to have suffered severe hair loss after using ‘Wen Hair Products’. 

Beuc paper tracks EU position on cosmetics in TTIP

20-Mar-2015 - NGO, Beuc has published a document comparing the EU’s position on cosmetics from May 2014 to February 2015, to illustrate the Commission's updated position in the TTIP negotiations.

Special edition: Beauty from within

In the eye of the beholder: Where does the EU stand on beauty claims?

18-Mar-2015 - Unlike health claims, ‘beauty from within’ claims are regulated post-market and only when challenged – and how this process goes will depend on the case and the member state concerned.

Regulation Explained

Importing cosmetics to China? Here’s how the regulation looks…

17-Mar-2015 - The Chinese cosmetics market is a growing one and has become appealing for many major brands around the world, particularly with its booming skin care segment. Here, we speak to...

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

11-Mar-2015 - The University of Karachi’s (UoK) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), has turned its attention to dedicated testing of Halal cosmetics and other Halal products by setting up...

Cosmetics Europe launches animal testing alternatives research consortium

04-Mar-2015 - The Personal Care trade association is looking to further develop Alternatives to Animal Testing (AAT) by setting up a Research Consortium aimed at looking at different approaches and encouraging the...

Specialty chemical company Clariant receives global ingredient certifications

02-Mar-2015 - The corporation’s cosmetic chemical production at manufacturing sites in and beyond Europe have been certified for Good Manufacturing Processes.

Trade bodies suggest way to minimise weight of cosmetic labelling rules

26-Feb-2015 - IFRA, along with trade bodies Ueapme and Cosmebio is recommending the industry combines the use of on-pack information with electronic methods on products that contain allergenic fragrances. 

L’Oréal gets pulled up by the FDA on skin care claims

25-Feb-2015 - L’Oréal has received its third warning letter in as many years, this time getting cautioned over product claims for skin pigmentation that should put them in the new drug category....

Counterfeit cosmetics pose real threat so be aware, says CTPA

18-Feb-2015 - The Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association has urged consumers to be wary of counterfeit products which are appearing in the cosmetics market and pose a serious threat to safety, as...

Denmark calls for more information on cosmetic chemicals

12-Feb-2015 - To gain more knowledge of the content and release of chemical substances in cosmetics, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has called for tenders on four mapping projects.

Counterfeit cosmetics seized as consumers warned to buy ‘official’

05-Feb-2015 - The case of counterfeit cosmetics has once again reared its ugly head after Trading Standards reported a case at a beauty shop in Warwickshire, UK, and seized a number of...

Colgate’s Sanex ads are banned following Unilever challenge

04-Feb-2015 - Colgate-Palmolive has been plunged into deep advertising water after deodorant rival Unilever complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that adverts for its new Sanex Bioresponse antiperspirants made misleading claims.

ECHA implements compliance check strategy to tighten practice on dossier updates

29-Jan-2015 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has implemented a new strategy for checking compliance in the hope of increasing efficiency and transparency in dossier evaluation which it hopes will reduce processing...

ECHA announces D4 and D5 UK restriction proposal delay

28-Jan-2015 - Having initially expected restriction proposals from the UK on the cosmetics ingredients octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) this month, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says it will be delayed by...

EFSA says Bisphenol A ‘poses no health risk to consumers’

23-Jan-2015 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that bisphenol A, which is used as the starting material of coatings for the inside of packaging cans, including aerosol cans, ‘poses...

EU shrinking revenues sees L’Oréal turn to Ghana and Rwanda

23-Jan-2015 - Cosmetics giant L’Oréal is eyeing up fast-growing economies such as Rwanda and Ghana as the European markets are reported to be experiencing shrinking revenues.

Dior in the spotlight over 'propyl gallate' in lip gloss formulation

22-Jan-2015 - Luxury cosmetics maker, Christian Dior found itself under the media's spotlight this week due to a preservative newly added to its Addict Lip Gloss formulations...

Comment

Can cosmetic brands afford to opt out of China over animal testing?

21-Jan-2015 - While the ruling to end mandatory animal testing for most cosmetics in China came as good news on June 30 - the law only refers to domestic firms, meaning international...

New Year, new hope as TTIP plans to bring EU-US cosmetics more in-line

09-Jan-2015 - The European Commission published new texts setting out EU proposals for legal text in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) it is negotiating with the US, with a new...

European Commission calls for opinions on three new ingredients

07-Jan-2015 - The Commission has requested opinions on the safe use of three ingredients; Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl, Basic Blue 124 and poly(hexamethylene). 

Chanel among luxury players to withdraw appeal of German court fines

07-Jan-2015 - Nine major luxury cosmetics players have withdrawn their appeals against the German Federal Cartel Office (“BKartA”) who fined them for exchanging commercially sensitive information back in 2008.

Four EU countries jump on microplastic ban wagon

19-Dec-2014 - The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden have issued a joint call to ban the use of microplastics in cosmetics to protect its’ marine life from contamination.

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